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of consciousness. and i talk about these as a kind of inward turning impact of religion - this is where religion affects experience, it affects the community, and so it's a very - as we've seen - powerful and beautiful part of religion. doctrine is sort of the focal point. i don't want to say it's the center of the course, but it's a very powerful dimension because here's where we move to more of an outward turning force in terms of our six dimensions. religious doctrines, of course - belief and behavior - doctrines impact what people believe, so they behave, or back to our b plus b equals b equation here. so the effect of religious belief on behavior comes right back to the social dimension, and that's that outward turning force that we want to look at today. now moving on to the next graphic here - and jump in with any questions - and you'll see we're moving on to this look at the power of religion and its impact on society. but religious behavior impacts on the social dimension, and that's one of the keys we want to look at. and we've got some very powerful material today on the jonestown sit
religion, and also we might say the recovery of some primal religious characteristics, but also we're still on myth and ritual. and there's probably no two people i would turn to, to try to get a better handle on the relationship between myth and ritual than cynthia and patricia. just some quick background, cynthia's been with us from the very beginning, as has patricia - they're in the first beliefs and believers teleclass. we'd gone out on our first video shoot and made a huge error in picking the amish to videotape first, and of course, they don't have their pictures taken. so we quickly moved to springfield, and cynthia had been recommended to me in one my students in my women and religion class as being an expert on reading turow and who had this very interesting nascent, new, what i would call spiritual movement going on in springfield. so i'd like to welcome you both, and why don't we just simply start out, cynthia and patricia, if you want to give us a little bit from your perspective, the background on the growth of your movement that now has taken form in diana's grove. >> calling
upon which all the world's religions, i believe, have been based. >> now which changes not. >> huh? >> now which changes not. >> ah, yes. >> well, the jewish tradition, in other words, is fulfilled in both margot adler and starhawk - they're both jewish. >> yes. >> that's the point i made. >> yeah, and i think that does also fit - back with judaism, we were talking about different interpretations of the genesis story, the alienation story, and i love your myth about leaving the fires, leaving it and going out and becoming, so that more relationship could happen, more interaction could happen, and you can see it in that form. do you know what we wanted to do? well, i'll tell you. we actually thought a good way of perhaps illustrating what's going on here is to actually have a short ritual, and we've invited - perhaps if you'd like to come up, we've got a few members of the class that want to participate in this ritual, to see that - just a short instance of what kinds of earth-centered spirituality we really might do. and i'll let you explain the rituals. if you folks want to come u
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celebrated the end of winter and now lint. religions, agan they consumed vast quantities of pancakes. more russians are embracing christianity. we get a report now. >> it's a time of prayer for russia's orthodox faithful. a preparation for lint, a holy eriod of abstinence. there are many churches shuttered. now the towns are pilgrimages for russia's increasingly spiritual society. >> newcomers found their place n life through the church. >> and it is also famous for its festival, a chance for everyone to feast, while others fast. >> the most important thing is, of course, is the spiritual development rather than simply dieting. people should go to church, rad read the bible, think about their sins, their soles -- souls and confess and with a clean soul you can break your fast. >> age old traditions attract the croused. some had come to watch. others to take part. >> we are very happy to be here. it's our all slavic land. we're going to different churches here and we wanted to be together for lint. together there is ritual strength. >> the festival calls for joy and laughter before the seri
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